United Theological Seminary

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June
Are you interested in:
  • Increasing your sense of solidarity and service as spiritual caregivers in these uncertain times?
  • Co-creating an occasion for community building in this period of social distancing?
  • Gaining familiarity and experience with group spiritual companioning?
If so, please join Dr. Diane Millis, adjunct faculty member at United, for a four-part series through Spiritual Director’s International. Sessions are 90 minutes and start May 12. Student scholarships are available. Learn more at sdistore.org.
As you know, six members of the United community visited Fr. Richard Rohr at his Center for Action and Contemplation back in March, where they participated in Fr. Rohr’s contemplative prayer session. They are now bringing elements of this practice back to our United community.
All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering at 8:00 a.m. CST every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week.
Cristy C. Roads, a Cuban-American artist, says “Merging my ancestral magic and my deep elevation of the universe over capitalism and materialism has been a long journey.” This spirituality is evident in the seventy-eight beautifully illustrated cards of her Next World Tarot, which centers women, trans and non-binary people of color in the midst of a dystopian landscape advocating for justice, opposing oppression, holding their power, or celebrating their differences. We see a wide range of bodies, colors, genders, sexualities, and causes; together the deck weaves this diversity into a clarion call for justice. Some cards feature well-known figures, such as transgender advocate Jennicet Gutiérrez and those opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, while others are portraits of the artist’s friends.
Tarot cards are a tool of divination and spiritual insight and its traditional decks are replete heteropatriarchal images of white people. C.Roads transforms these to highlight queer sexuality, gender fluidity, and revolutionary power, particularly by and among people of color. This talk will explore the spiritual significance of the cards and their relationship to utopianism and visioning. These cards are themselves a prediction of survival and flourishing, offering a vision of collective strength.
Tue Jun 0 9

Ministry Lab

Seeing Inequity and Re-Envisioning God’s Reign: Pivoting from Hierarchical Approaches to Partnership & Solidarity Ways with Rev. Tanya Sadagopan

As you know, six members of the United community visited Fr. Richard Rohr at his Center for Action and Contemplation back in March, where they participated in Fr. Rohr’s contemplative prayer session. They are now bringing elements of this practice back to our United community.
All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering at 8:00 a.m. CST every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week.

In the weeks following the murder of George Floyd, new murals and other forms of public art have have been created around the country as ways to protest, memorialize, and bring communities together. Join us at the arts lunch to brainstorm about similar resources and projects that we might engage — both individually and as a group.

Tue Jun 1 6

Ministry Lab

Transforming Communities: Growing At-Home Social Justice Practices and Community Engagement with Justin Sabia-Tanis: Tuesday, June 16

As you know, six members of the United community visited Fr. Richard Rohr at his Center for Action and Contemplation back in March, where they participated in Fr. Rohr’s contemplative prayer session. They are now bringing elements of this practice back to our United community.
All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering at 8:00 a.m. CST every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week.
Thu Jun 1 8

Ministry Lab

MN ANNUAL CONFERENCE UMC BIG WATERS DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT & FORMER SENIOR CONSULTANT FOR THE ALBAN INSTITUTE, SUSAN NIENABER

LEADING IN A TIME OF SEISMIC CHANGE

• MOVING FROM GRIEF TO NEW LIFE
• SEARCHING OUT NEW GIFTS IN LEADERS & COMMUNITIES
• EMPOWERING CONGREGATIONS TO LOOK WITH HOPE BEYOND THEIR DOORS
• DEVELOPING RESILIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE JOY IN THE EMERGING “NEW REALITY”

Join the ASDIC (Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles) and FREC (Facilitating Racial Equity Collective) communities as we respond to this historical moment.

In light of the murder of George Floyd and countless police killings of Black and Brown people, the world is reassessing the role of both police and society at large in addressing system-wide and structural racism. We wish to look at what this moment is about, how it connects to America’s history of systemic racism, and the forces that continue to sustain racism in Minnesota and the nation.

With the support of Professor Joe R. Feagin of Texas A&M University, along with Minnesota antiracist activists and scholars, we will host four 90-minute conversations over the summer. We will be on Zoom with a short breakout session after each conversation.

There is no fee for these workshops, but your tax-deductible donation will allow us to continue to offer ASDIC’s unique antiracism trainings in our community and beyond. Suggested donation in support of this programming is $5 per session. Donate here.

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Join us as we continue to plan upcoming community arts projects at United and the greater Twin Cities. Feel free to just help us brainstorm or come to see how you can get involved.

Tue Jun 2 3

Ministry Lab

OPTAGE HOSPICE (PRESBYTERIAN HOMES & SERVICES) CHAPLAIN, GRIEF GROUP LEADER & EDUCATOR, & FORMER CLINICAL DIRECTOR FOR CAMP ERIN HAWAII (A GRIEF CAMP FOR KIDS), JENNY SCHROEDEL

TOOLS FOR TALKING WITH CHILDREN & TEENS ABOUT GRIEF & TRAUMA

• TIPS FOR OPENING CONVERSATIONS
• TOOLS FOR LISTENING WITH INTENTION & AFFIRMATION
• DISCERNING WHEN ADDITIONAL CARE IS NEEDED & RESOURCES FOR THAT CARE
• EQUIPPING PARENTS
• ADDRESSING PARENTAL/FAMILIAL GRIEF & TRAUMA

As you know, six members of the United community visited Fr. Richard Rohr at his Center for Action and Contemplation back in March, where they participated in Fr. Rohr’s contemplative prayer session. They are now bringing elements of this practice back to our United community.
All are invited to a shared Contemplative Gathering at 8:00 a.m. CST every Wednesday morning to gather together in silence and sit in communal contemplation. This is an opportunity to find grounding in the moment, and to share in that grounding energy with similarly self-directed explorers. The last ten minutes of the session are devoted to sharing aloud prayers that have been submitted during the week.

United staff and faculty will host a series of webinars for current and incoming students to offer updates on the Fall term and answer any questions have about life at United during COVID. Additional webinars may be added as needed.

Join Tim Senapatiratne, Director of the Spencer Library, to learn more about library access during the Fall term, where to find digital resources, and the ongoing support available from the library staff.

Thu Jun 2 5

BIPOC Meeting

Karen Hutt and Gary Green will facilitate a conversation for all BIPOC students, staff, and faculty on Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. CST. Bring a poem, a prayer, a song a drawing, a video, your rage, your joy, your concern, and most of all your stories of survival and resilience.

The Basilica of Saint Mary’s hosts Zoom: Grief in Our City – Can We Talk? with Don Samuels, addressing the grief around this pandemic as well as the unfolding grief surrounding George Floyd’s death and the events that followed.

Join the ASDIC (Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles) and FREC (Facilitating Racial Equity Collective) communities as we respond to this historical moment.

In light of the murder of George Floyd and countless police killings of Black and Brown people, the world is reassessing the role of both police and society at large in addressing system-wide and structural racism. We wish to look at what this moment is about, how it connects to America’s history of systemic racism, and the forces that continue to sustain racism in Minnesota and the nation.

With the support of Professor Joe R. Feagin of Texas A&M University, along with Minnesota antiracist activists and scholars, we will host four 90-minute conversations over the summer. We will be on Zoom with a short breakout session after each conversation.

There is no fee for these workshops, but your tax-deductible donation will allow us to continue to offer ASDIC’s unique antiracism trainings in our community and beyond. Suggested donation in support of this programming is $5 per session. Donate here.

Register Now

 

 

 

A new webinar series to expand racial justice awareness, “Justice Talk to Justice Walk: Building Awareness, Strengthening Our Resolve,” launches June 30, from 7:00-8:30 pm. This first of several webinars will feature Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of the United Church of Christ, who will talk on “Where Do We Go From Here? Lessons from Ferguson & Beyond.”

Registration is required for this and all webinars in the series. REGISTER HERE.

Rev. Blackmon’s leadership and ministry in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly six years ago is well known. She has since become a leading national voice in the struggle for racial justice, and has toured the nation with Rev. Dr. William Barber of Moral Mondays and Repairer of the Breech to declare the need for a moral revival in the United States.

Several other webinars are currently being planned; details will be announced as they are finalized.  They will include:

• In July, explore the theological and scriptural basis of the struggle for racial justice with Rev. Gary Green and Rev. Dr. Justin Tabia-Sanis, faculty at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

• August 6, 7:00-8:30 pm: “Youth Lead Now: Equipping Young Leaders for Social Change”. Our guest speaker will be Samantha Fuentes, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018 and leader in the March for Our Lives movement that emerged from that horrific event. REGISTER HERE

• Examining racial terrorism in our own Minnesota history. We will revisit the injustices done to indigenous peoples in Minnesota as well as the lynchings of 3 black men in Duluth in 1920.